City’s revamped website carries $400,0000 cost

Red Deer’s shiny new responsive website came with a $400,000 pricetag.

Red Deer’s shiny new responsive website came with a $400,000 pricetag.

Launched on Monday, the revamped site allows users to navigate with ease on all platforms, including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.

Dan Newton, Information Technology Services manager, said the city paid a firm about $200,000 for design and to move the content over to the new site.

The rest of the bill was allocated to underlying technology costs.

Maintenance and support of the website will ring in between $25,000 to $30,000 annually.

Newton said the new site is responsive, meaning it will adjust to any device you are using to access it.

“With nearly 50 per cent of our users accessing our site with a mobile device, we knew it was time to adjust our methods to work for the user,” he said.

The city will conduct a survey in late July to get feedback from users.

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